Marathon Weekend 2020

Disneyslowrunner

Earning My Ears
Joined
Jan 24, 2018
SAFD
Mine isnt a specific race or moment but rather the first time I signed up online for the race. As I hit middle age, working out had become inconsistent with long breaks off with minimal to no exercise. So, deciding to the marathon weekend a few years ago was the beginning of becoming recommitted to my health. Knowing the cost of signing up for this race helped keep me accountable to training. Then after the first one, I have always signed up on the first day because it again commits me to running for the next 6-8 months. Now running is something I automatically do most days, having this yearly thing I sign up has almost become a yearly reminder. Disney is just one many races I do during the year and it is one of the few I don’t really race for time, but instead it feels like a yearly party to celebrate the past year.
 

princesspirateandrunner

Earning My Ears
Joined
Feb 27, 2019
I just read this more closely.

Please, more explanation of the haunted school.
Yes, please explain the haunted school.

SAFD: My first half (Princess, 2013); my first challenge (Glass Slipper, 2014); and my first full (Marathon, 2016) were all rD races. I didn’t know that I could do any of them until I did them at Disney (although DH always assured me that I could).
 

StarGirl11

DIS Veteran
Joined
Feb 8, 2012
SAFD: At Disney. Finishing the 2018 Dopey after having my feet screaming at me for most of the weekends. I was last across the finish but I finished.

Away from Disney. 2016 London Marathon. I had surgery in February. Had issues coming out of it. And then caught full blown pneumonia. 5 weeks out from the race. Took 2 weeks to recover. I was undertrained and arguably still recovering when I decided to start London with a ‘I’m either finishing or going down swinging’ mentality. I was one of he last across but I finished.
 
  • Desdemona924

    Earning My Ears
    Joined
    Dec 13, 2017
    Just finished the Rock Hall Half in Cleveland at 2:50:46. Looks like I’ll be PoT-less this year. The weather wasn’t the best, but it’s August and it would have been crazy to expect it to have been ideal. No regrets, I’m happy with the finish and it’s no more or less than I deserved. I’ve made some good gains since a few months ago and this was just another step on the journey.

    Still stoked for Dopey 2020 and now I get to experience it from a different perspective. Might look at late Sept. races but, honestly, I’m not fussed about the lack of PoT.

    ETA: Preposterously large medal as well. Larger than anything I’ve got from Disney, which is a pretty tall hurdle to clear.
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    Today was a terrible running day in Cleveland. I say this as a resident, not someone who ran the half today. Also, I always forget about this race, which makes me sad because I'd like to do it.
     

    lhermiston

    Beer-powered running machine
    Joined
    Feb 6, 2013
    I just read this more closely.

    Please, more explanation of the haunted school.

    I'm thinking the best place to spread the (your) ashes is the dirt track around the baseball field, if that's OK with you.
    So, a couple years ago my friend moved into a former elementary school converted into apartments. It’s literally just classrooms - complete with chalkboards - with furniture in them.

    We don’t know for certain if it’s haunted, but the whole building has kind of a vibe to it - like if The Shining took place in a school. Long corridors. Weird lighting at night.

    Anyway, we busted out an ouija board around 1 am, but I don’t think we conjured any spirits.
     
  • flav

    Loving My Ears
    Joined
    Oct 12, 2014
    SAFD: I can only be proud of my one runDisney event for now (Two Courses Challenge at WnD) but the entire experience was amazing! Efficient transportation, getting a refurbished room at Pop, being helped with my groceries by a chef who kindly carried my pack of water bottles to my room, the Expo, visiting Port Orleans including beignets and boat the DSprings, being first in MK, riding 7DMT, PPF and Splash Mountain before park opening, enjoying the gorgeous 10k stopping at all characters and hearing the Monorail honking at us, riding FoP, running my first Half and feeling good, lounging in the pool, meeting fellow DISers at HH, partying after hours at Epcot, sliding in an uncrowded water park the next day, finding balloons and congratulations waiting for me at home when I entered in the middle of the night, hanging the three medals on my custom hanger and looking at a few pictures taken during the event. I sometimes summarize this as walking/running 100 miles, sleeping 25 hours while smiling for five straight days!
     

    JulieODC

    DIS Veteran
    Joined
    Aug 6, 2009
    Probably Tinkerbell 2017. I ran PHM that year as my first half, an it was good, but not great. I finished thinking “never again.”

    Famous last words - 2 weeks later I signed up for Tinkerbell and DH and I headed to CA. I beat my time by 25 minutes and had an amazing run - one of those races that just felt like I was floating. It was awesome - and a nice redemption race.

    Glad I didn’t trust that voice in my head after PHM!
     
  • ANIM8R

    DIS Veteran
    Joined
    Jan 29, 2014
    My personal highlight is the 2016 Disneyland Half. For whatever reason, that course really agrees with me! I ran it five times (2013-2017) and three of those times I set a new PR including sub 2 hours in 2016. (One of only three in total).

    I just love running in SoCal!!! I hope DL brings back races soon!!!
     

    tigger536

    DIS Veteran
    Joined
    Sep 27, 2006
    SAFD:

    I have many.
    1. Being the DFL (chip time) in the 10K during Dopey last year (I spent a lot of time hanging out at an unofficial "aid station" by the Beach Club.
    2. Being one of the 10 slowest overall Dopeys two years in a row.
    3. My 4:50 half marathon during Princess 2018
    4. All the character stops, 3 rides, 2 beers, 2 slushie drinks, a margarita and a bratwurst during this year's full.
    5. In 2018 I ran every single Disney race (including Paris and the CC challenge).
     

    IamTrike

    DIS Veteran
    Joined
    Aug 18, 2010
    I just love running in SoCal!!! I hope DL brings back races soon!!!
    Me too.
    5. In 2018 I ran every single Disney race (including Paris and the CC challenge).
    Running all the races? CC in that instance could stand for the Credit Card Challenge. I have a mental image of a run disney exec pulling a scrooge mcduck and diving into a pool filled with your race fees.
     


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